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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what materials it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? What do you think this object was used for?…

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Friends of John Jay Homestead invite you to join us for On the Farm (at Home) on Saturday, June 13! Pick up ‘Dinner in a Box’ from John Jay Homestead prepared by Farmer and the Fish, designed by La Maison Fete between 4:30pm and 5:30pm at John Jay Homestead. Should social distancing guidelines relax significantly,…

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Mantle Clock 1785 marble, brass, ormolu, glass, other metals JJ.1958.79 A-B   The clock was made in Paris and is signed Pochon a Paris, indicating it was made by Jean-Charles Pochon. Pochon was one of the most important Parisian clockmakers in the second half of the 18th century. Pochon was active in the 1780s, which…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is?    Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What do you think this object was used for? Why do you think there is a small hole at…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What do you think this object was used for? Do we use any objects like this today? Yesterday’s Mystery Object…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Who do you think made this object? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? What do you think this object was used for?   Yesterday’s Mystery Object was a…

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Bust of John Jay 1827 Marble Copy by Octavianus Giovannozzi, after Giuseppe Ceracchi (1751-1801) JJ.1958.274   This marble bust of John Jay is a copy made by Octavianus Giovannozzi after an original by the famed Italian sculptor Giuseppe Ceracchi. The original was a life-sized portrait bust made out of terra cotta, which Jay sat for…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Why do you think this object has a long handle? Looking at the inside of the object, what do you think it was used for? What room do you think this object would…

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We usually offer a series of collections-based programming this time of year, but with the historic house closed in response to  COVID-19, we are instead highlighting some collections items in a series of short videos. Watch Collections Manager Arthur Benware’s video presentation on our portrait of Eleanor Kingsland Field Jay (1819-1909) by Daniel Huntington. Check…

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Cylinder Fall Desk JJ’s Office 1790 Mahogany, Maple, white pine, tulip poplar, brass JJ.1987.7 This federal-style desk is original to John Jay during his time as governor (/Chief Justice) and came with Jay when he retired to this house. It is known as a cylinder-fall desk because of the top which swings into place to…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Why do you think this object is made of metal? Why does the object have three legs and a long handle? What do you think this object was used for?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, why do you think it has a hook? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? Why do you think this object has numbers on it?…

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Quilt / Coverlet Late 19th – early 20th Century Cotton Maker Unknown JJ.1999.71 This quilt contains a great example of a pattern often associated with the Underground Railroad. According to legend, the “bear paw” design either indicated that runaway slaves should follow a mountain trail to keep them hidden from view or suggested they follow an actual bear’s trail which would…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What do you think this object was used for? Does this look like anything we use today? If so, what?…